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Issue #226 (April 2011) issue cover
Will You Graduate?

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The Parents Television Council reacted with consternation when MTV launched its racy teen series, Skins. Alice, skeptical that the show is "dangerous," interviews peers on their reaction to it and offers concerned parents a solution. (full text)

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Cristhians got hooked on hooky parties and fell behind in school. Eventually, she dropped out and got a job, only to realize she wanted much more for herself.

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Some New York City schools find ways to force low-performing students out, a widespread and illegal practice to improve test scores and graduation rates by any means possible.

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About 40% of New York City teens missed at least a month of school in 2008-2009. Shahlo explores why the absence rate is so high.

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Two experts explain what the GED is, why prepping for it is so important, and how it's different than a high school diploma.

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Irving is initially upset when he's placed in special ed, but eventually finds that a great teacher matters more than a label. (full text)

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DeAnna's habit of cutting class finally catches up with her. She decides to transfer to a new school, but first she must prove that she's serious about starting over. (full text)

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After Crystal moves from a Catholic grade school to a public junior high, her fear is slowly replaced by affection.

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Although the national teen pregnancy rate is lower than it has been in decades, it's still a big problem at Mitzi's school. She explores why so many teen girls have unprotected sex—and wonders why they're shocked when they get pregnant. (full text)

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High school students discuss how they fell behind, and what they're doing to get back on track. (full text)

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Marco feels cheated out of a better education. He was less prepared than other students for the specialized high school admissions test because he didn't know about it, and ends up in a mediocre school.

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"Still a baby" herself, DeAnna can't decide what to do about her unplanned pregnancy. After days of indecision, DeAnna's mother steps in and makes the choice for her.

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Anthony only has a few weeks to find a new high school, and the choices are overwhelming. He explains how he got through it and what he learned. (full text)

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New York City offers several different paths toward graduation. Here we explain some of them, including alternative schools and programs for pregnant teens.

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To avoid getting duped when choosing a New York City public school, prospective students should look at a school's attendance, graduation rates, and other key statistics.

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Write a letter to your parents telling them what’s going on in your life that they should know about—and don’t.

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In her senior year, Catherine gets expelled. She has fun partying and taking ecstasy with her dropout boyfriend—until a scary experience stops her.
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